Following much change that has already taken place in the offseason, the Los Angeles Rams' new coaching staff is looking to take any measure to put the team in the best position to succeed.
Though offseason workouts and training camp will be the ultimate decider, Greg Robinson is expected to move from left tackle to right tackle, and Rob Havenstein is expected to shift from right tackle to right guard, Rams general manager Les Snead confirmed from the owners meetings on Monday.
Up to this point, there had been much chatter from team heavily considering a switch of position for Robinson given his struggles on the left side. He has experienced much difficulty over the last two seasons at left tackle, which included leading the league with 14 penalties in the 2016 campaign while also grading 73rd out of 80 qualified offensive tackles, according to Pro Football Focus.
This had also come to be an expected move after the Rams signed former Cincinnati Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth to a three-year, $36 million deal on the first day of the free agency period. Whitworth has been one of the league's best players at the position over the last several seasons.
It has been an excruciating process at times for Los Angeles in Robinson's first three seasons, but the team has remained hopeful he can fulfill his potential as a viable starting offensive lineman. When the Rams selected him with the second overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, there was much hope that he could transition over to offensive guard in order to best utilize his run-blocking ability. However, he struggled tremendously with that move in his rookie campaign and has played solely at left tackle ever since.
This decision now shifts Rob Havenstein inside to right guard after spending his first two seasons lined up at right tackle. Following a strong rookie campaign, Havenstein played a part in the team's offensive line struggles last year while dealing with nagging injuries. This shift in position also puts Jamon Brown out of the starting lineup for the time being as he was originally slated at right guard.
This may be the Rams' last ditch effort with Robinson as he has shown little development through the first couple of seasons in the league. He is set to enter the final year of his four-year, $21.2 million rookie deal that will pay him $3.4 million in 2017.